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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Oct 5, 2011 1:08pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Since most everything else of Ed Wood's is already on here I was curious if this romp of a movie is in the PD? If so I'll upload it :D

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 5, 2011 3:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Video-Cellar says here that Wade Williams has a valid claim, since it was unreleased until Williams copyrighted it.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000204149 / 1984-01-30
Title: Night of the g[h]ouls / written, produced, directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Imprint: Kansas City, Mo. : Mossman-Williams Productions, 1983.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (70 min) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Notes: Additional title on description: Revenge of the dead.
Copyright Claimant: Wade Williams Productions
Date of Creation: 1959
Date of Publication: 1983-01-05
Authorship on Application: Wade Williams Productions, employer for hire.
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Other Title: Night of the gouls [sic]
Revenge of the dead
Names: Wood, Edward D., Jr.
Wade Williams Productions

Here's a little history on the creation of the movie.

Basically, Ed Wood, Jr. couldn't afford to pay the lab he used to process the film, so it sat in the lab for 24 years until Williams paid the bill. Williams had professional editors edit together the movie that exists today.

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Poster: Restaura Films Date: Oct 23, 2018 6:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

It's been a long time from this post, but this is just to give some light to the copyright of "Night of the ghouls". The claim that is on USCO is not valid for 2 reasons:

1. An unpublished work only conserve the copyright during the life of the author, so when Ed Wood died the copyright expired. This work could be registered during the first 28 years but it should be done by the author while he was alive.

2. The widow of Ed Wood that signed the contract with Wade Williams to transfer the rights of the movie, was not married with Ed Wood, its marriage was cancelled 3 weeks from the wedding in the state of Nevada. So Ed Wood's widow wasn't a legal heirs of the Wood's assets and obviously the register shown here in the USCO files is not a valid claim.

You can apply the second point to all the works that Wood's widow sold to Wade Williams. Williams said that she was really married, but the court demonstrated that they weren't married. That's the reason why Legend Films and others sell copies of Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 form outer space, etc.

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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Oct 5, 2011 4:36pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Damnitt! Wade Williams can go to hell! LOL just kidding

Is The Bride of the Monster (1955) copyrighted as well?

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 5, 2011 4:55pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Yep.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000216687 / 1984-07-13
Renewal registration for: PA0000227192 / 1956-01-13
Title: Bride of the monster. By Packing Service Corporation.
Copyright Claimant: Sidney Barton (PWH)

Variant title: Bride of the monster.
Names: Barton, Sidney
Packing Service Corporation.

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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Oct 5, 2011 7:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Unbelievable..... Is Glen or Glenda copyrighted to? Last one I promise lol!

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 5, 2011 7:46pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Strike three:

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000105166 / 1981-07-31
Renewal registration for: PA0000111752 / 1953-04-15
Title: Glen or Glenda. By Screen Classics Productions.
Copyright Claimant: Paramount Pictures Corporation (PWH)

Variant title: Glen or Glenda.
Names: Screen Classics Productions
Paramount Pictures Corporation

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Poster: skybandit Date: Oct 5, 2011 11:28pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Pretty sure "The Sinister Urge" is copyrighted, too. Think that just about covers Crazy Eddie, huh?

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 6, 2011 4:59am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Yes it is.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000405698 / 1988-11-28
Renewal registration for: LP0000026631 / 1960-12-08
Title: The Sinister urge; photoplay.
Copyright Claimant: Headliner Productions, Inc. (PWH)

Variant title: The Sinister urge
Names: Headliner Productions, Inc.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 6, 2011 5:46am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

I remember buying a Beta tape of Sinister Urge about 30 years ago from an outfit in Toronto Canada called Admit One Video. One of my earliest movie purchases. I think the very first tape I owned was Brain From Planet Arous, also on Beta, from Admit One. They were a great source for cult movie and TV tapes at the time, along with Video Yesteryear.

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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Oct 6, 2011 12:57am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

Grrrr, yeah it does... Grrrr lol :D

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 20, 2011 8:34pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

If you've got a better copy of The Violent Years (1956) than the one here, you could upload that and it would be appreciated. The one here is 56 minutes long and not very good quality. The movie is listed as running 65 minutes at IMDb.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 20, 2011 8:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

I wonder what the case would be if the onscreen notice in the film itself and the notice registered in the copyright records don't jive? An error in the year, for example. Wouldn't that toss out any renewal efforts?

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Oct 20, 2011 9:08pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

I think you must be responding to a different post. Anyway, an error like you're describing would make a renewal registration void. Say the notice in a film was 1959, but the renewal read "in notice: 1958", then the renewal wouldn't count.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Oct 20, 2011 10:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

You're right, sorry. I do have a particular film in mind that has exactly that error in the original registration.

THE COSMIC MAN. Futura Pictures. Re-
leased by Allied Artists Pictures Corp. 72
min., sd., b&w, 35mm. Futura Pictures,
Inc.; 13Jan59 (in notice; 1958); LP12644)

This post was modified by cosmico on 2011-10-21 05:00:17

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Poster: The_Master_Cylinder Date: Oct 5, 2011 2:36pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Ghouls (1959) (Ed Wood Movie)

I kind of recall the name "Wade Williams" being associated somehow with this film. If that's the case, it's probably not PD.